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The North Providence Breeze 06-26-2019

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NORTH PROVIDENCE – This town has taken great steps to uncov- er its historic burial grounds and honor the dead in recent weeks, says Blackstone Valley Historical Society cemetery coordinator Ken Postle, but time will tell if that progress will continue. But with the positive comes bad news for some residents who, over time, have built sheds or installed fences along the periphery of some historic cemeteries, not only going inside a 25-foot mandated buffer for excavating but going beyond it, said Postle. Cleanups occurring over the past two weeks have been great, and removing brush to discover where gravestones are even located has been necessary, said Postle, "but what's going to happen with this intrusion" by residents? Mayor Charles Lombardi said most residents were thankful that the town is finally addressing the over- grown burial grounds dotted across North Providence's landscape, but acknowledged that in some cases residents are using some of the prop- erty. The mayor is in discussions with town attorneys about "what we may have to do." "We thought it would be 100 per- As cemeteries are uncovered, sheds and fences must be moved By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See CEMETERIES, Page 15 BREEZE PHOTO BY BILL MURPHY Marieville Neighborhood Partnership Vice President MEGAN HALL, of North Providence, picks up trash along Charles Street during the Marieville neigh- borhood cleanup last Saturday. Neighbors, town firefighters and police officers, local businesses and the North Providence Department of Public Works got together to spruce up the area. See more photos on Page 18. NORTH PROVIDENCE – They didn't achieve their ultimate goal of having the town buy a property at 1 Charlotte St. and turn it into a neighborhood park, but members of the Marieville Neighborhood Partnership say the final outcome here was the next best thing. National Grid is pledging to clean up and care for this property off Charles Street and 15 other parcels in the Marieville neighborhood. "The parcel of land at 1 Charlotte St. is not available for sale as that particular location will be needed for future National Grid operational purposes," said National Grid in a statement. "However, we understand the effort and enthusiasm that the Town Council and the Marieville Neighborhood Partnership has garnered for a new playground site, which is why National Grid has offered the town its choice of 16 other parcels (adjacent to the Charlotte Street parcel) available for sale." The hope is that the town will ful- fill its plans for a playground area on any one of these other parcels or a combination of the parcels, said the energy provider. "Additionally, National Grid is committed to taking steps to improve the appearance of the Marieville neighbors claim victory on National Grid properties By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See MARIEVILLE, Page 18 THE NORTH PROVIDENCE ©2019 THE VALLEY BREEZE A Valley Breeze Newspaper THE NORTH PROVIDENCE Breeze FREE JUNE 26-JULY 2, 2019 OPEN DAILY 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 50 Swan Road, Smithfield 231-9043 JASWELL'S FARmStAnd & bAkERy Try our own ALL NATURAL LemoNAde FResh Picked BeRRies Now AvAiLABLe ceLeBRATiNG oUR 120Th seAsoN! try Our Own Cider donuts & blueberry donuts! OPEN 4TH OF JULY 8 a.m. - Noon call ahead to order celebrate the 4th with our All American Fresh Baked Apple, Blueberry or cherry Pies our own Pastries, muffins, cookies Gourmet hot & iced coffees B.A.C. ROOFING & CONSTRUCTION (401) 413-4820 RESIDENTIAL & COMMERCIAL Roofing • Siding Remodels • Additions Servicing All Of RI RI Reg. #22977 Comm. #256 Licensed & Insured WE ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS We Offer Financing Call and let us provide a Roof Over Your Head! Family Owned Since 1926 LIC. #RIMP882 Are you thinking about replacing your boiler? Before you sign on their dotted line, give us a call for a free estimate. We can beat or match any of our competitor's prices! $100 Off Any New Boiler or Tankless Water Heater • One Day Gas & Oil Burner Replacements • Same Day Gas & Electric Water Heater Replacements • Boiler Repairs & Maintenance • HVAC Service & Replacements • All Work Guaranteed Call NOW To Schedule Your Yearly Gas Boiler & Furnace Maintenance

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